To us, curiosity, a sense of adventure and self-sufficiency are the crucial ingredients for truly transformative encounters.
We want you to experience this life as we do; wonder at the tiny tracks of dik diks on a sandy path, marvel at the light across the plains after a rainstorm, delight in harvesting avocados for lunch directly from the tree and most important of all, to take a step back from the pace of modern existence.
All of our guests are welcomed like family into the unique, authentic realm that is El Karama Lodge. Our hope is that through adventure and experiences we can share the true value of this incredible wild space and inspire those who visit and those who work with us to continue enhancing the biodiversity of this region.
We are managing and protecting this very special piece of Africa for you, for the animals, for the people of Laikipia, for posterity.
Sustainability is the main foundation of our ethos: how to fit, seamlessly, into this environment with a limited footprint, how to make real impact where it’s needed the most and how to make it last.
We invite you to come and be a part of this story.
The lodge is owner–operated and was built and created by Kenyan Wildlife Sculptor Murray Grant and his wife Sophie who continue to live here with their two children and many other animals! All guests are hosted by a charming team of Kenyans, many of whom built the lodge and an experienced Manager who shares a strong connection to the region of Laikipia and to this family. We are passionate about stewardship and biodiversity and welcome every guest to rewild with us, reconnecting an ancient landscape gaining a deeper understanding of this incredible eco system.
The Grants have lived on El Karama since Independence in 1963 and combined cattle breeding and ranching with wildlife protection for over 50 years now.
With a strong tradition for self sufficiency as well as innovative and integrated land use practices, this place is a testament to three generations committed to ReWilding and habitat protection.
Why is our lodge so special for families?
Because it's run by one. This family has a strong creative heritage that can be seen in every part of the lodge life from art on the walls to the sculptures in the shared areas.
We believe fervently in the power of the natural world to shape and inspire young people and our Bush School activity is focussed on bringing children a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting the natural world in their future.
We are extremely fortunate to also be home to one of Africa's greatest Sculptors, Murray Grant.
His private studio is located next to the lodge and interested collectors can book to visit and see the work in action.
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Murray Grant, a third generation Kenyan born on El Karama, now wildlife sculptor and conservationist, and Sophie, a passionate Homesteader and Foodie created the lodge together with their team over a 10 year period, developing its offering in an organic and holistic way. They continue to live next to the lodge with their two children, chickens, dogs and rabbits and enjoy meeting guests and sharing their way of life.
We take great pride in our team and are privileged to have them by our side. All of them are Kenyans, some from nearby and some from further afield, all committed to high standards of service and hospitality. A few have been with us since the very beginning; indeed, hauled rocks with us, by hand, from the river bed to lay foundations and build the beginnings of this beloved lodge. As a result we are all deeply connected to the eco system in which we live and work together. It is this personal connection that makes safaris here so special.
Our team are your hosts while you are with us, which means all guests walk away with a richer understanding of local culture in Kenya. We all believe this is the most authentic way to experience the people of this country, so please, take the time to get to know us all on your safari.
This lodge has always been a magical labour of love. From when it began as a simple campsite by the river to the beautiful, experiential safari experience it is now, it has always been regarded as a testament to our collective passion for the natural world.